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ANNUAL AREA ALLIANCE REPORT
October 22, 2008
- Alliance Background
May 30, 2007
Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding’s New Orleans (NGSB-NO) Operations and the New
Orleans Metals Trades Council (NOTMC) – the collective bargaining agent
representing many of its 5,200 employees.
Turning steel into ships that sail on the sea is a dangerous construction
endeavor. Large powerful equipment is needed and workers perform jobs at high
elevations. These types of environments result in many serious hazards such as
electrocutions, caught-between, struck-by and falls. The purpose of this
alliance is to explore ways to expand current efforts to change the safety
culture and engage all employees in the process.
Implementation Team Members.
David Pivarnik, EH&S Director; Richard Tigert, Safety Engineer OHST;
Murv Granderson, Safety Manager EH&S Department;
Bruce Williams, President New Orleans Metal Trade Council, Local #2350;
Tim Hammerstone, Sector Manager/Safety;
Alex Novas, OSHA-BRAO/CAS
- Implementation Team Meetings
NGSS-OSHA Alliance meetings held at NGSS New Orleans facility:
July 12, 2007, October 18, 2007, January 17, 2008, April 24, 2008
- Activities and Products
May 30, 2007 - May 30, 2008
Quarterly meetings were conducted with the implementation team, consisting of
open discussions/brainstorming sessions, in order to meet established goals that
would best serve promote and effect a change in the safety culture at the
- Focused Communications on the value added through enhancing an
Environmental, Health and Safety culture with an emphasis on periodic
- Leadership Buy-In down through line foreman.
- Peer To Peer Initiative, "Why I Work Safely". (EH&S Action Teams to
solicit reasons from fellow employees.), and communicate throughout
- "Why I Work Safely" banner campaign (see Section IV, paragraphs
- During the Alliance the site’s TCIR has fallen from 8.2 to its current rate
of 6.6. The latter figure is 36% below the BLS industry average of 10.3 per 100
workers (2006, the last year for which numbers are available).
As a direct result of its Alliance with OSHA and the NOMTC, NGSB-NO launched a
"Why I Work Safely" campaign in which employees render personal testaments about
their reasons for safe job performance. Banners depicting employees holding
photographs of family members now adorn the shipyard.
These images are captioned in their own words, explaining that safety is
important not only to them, but also the ones whom they love and who love them.
Many employees, in fact, took advantage of this campaign to have personal
photographs reproduced onto the flip side of their "STOP is Good Progress"
safety badges. This serves as a continuous and ready reminder of the necessity
of safe job performance.
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution,
Individuals Reached or Trained
Safety Culture Initiative, "Why I Work Safely" banner campaign
- Upcoming Milestones
Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding New Orleans assisted its satellite facility in
Tallulah, Louisiana in preparing to achieve Voluntary Protection Program "Star"
certification in 2007. NGSB-NO is slated for VPP evaluation in late 2008, and,
using some of the tools gained from the Alliance, hopes to join the Tallulah
Facility as the only "Star" shipyards in Louisiana.
Report Prepared by: Alex Novas